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MOZY 2.0 is a mild but welcome upgrade of the client for the popular online backup service. Besides improving the interface, this version lets you back up easily to the Mozy Home cloud service (you can get 2GB of free storage, or unlimited storage for either $5 per month or $54 per year) and to a local hard drive.

The user interface’s partial makeover brings larger fonts and icons that make it easier to read, it also blends better with Vista and Windows 7, albeit not as well with XP.

Mozy claims that 2.0 is faster than its predecessor, and the software did seem zippy in my hands on testing. I used a fairly speedy, Comcast cable broadband connection that often sustains 500 kbps uploads and 1 mbps downloads.

The big news with Mozy 2.0 is its ability to back up to a local hard drive as well as to online servers. Every backup strategy should include easy to restore local copies and physically secure offsite (in this case online) destinations, and handling both requirements with one program can save your time and effort. The local backup is a rudimentary, plain file copy, and your sole option is to choose the drive partition (C, D, or whatever) it should reside on. But that’s fine for taking care of your most important data, and the payoff is that you can manage your backup from within a single interface.

Otherwise, Mozy has not changed much. Cloud backup includes automatic file selection, open file backup, user definable backup sets with filtering, and versatile scheduling. It is an excellent service backed by industry giant EMC, and it works smoothly in the background to protect your data. Ultimately the less than lovely interface is of far less consequence than the increased functionality.

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Topic Under: 1/05/2011
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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this post. I am using this back up service. Its working well.

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  2. I believe Mozy charges more for their Home-Plus accounts. Their Home-Plan is priced similar to Carbonite. Its definitely faster than other services that I have tried.

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  3. @ carbonite offer code "Thanks for your nice comment."

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  4. Recently, I have learned that it is very important to have a good online backup service, it will help have a lot of precious memories and documents.

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  5. Great post! I hope you will share more with us. You have discussed all the issues very clearly regarding mozy online backup service. Thanks!

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